This distinguished stone building at the heart of the Swarthmore College campus has been reborn, after a varied and lively history, as the Sproul Alumni Center. For the first time, Swarthmore College can provide visiting alumni with a building dedicated to their needs and interests.
Originally built as the president’s residence before the turn of the 20th century, COST PER SQ FT$47.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAdministrative Areas/Offices building was reborn in the early 1920s as the Sproul Observatory, when an observatory was added to its northwest corner. In the late 1960s, a classroom addition doubled the size of the original mansion. With the completion of a new science center on campus in early 2004, the building became available once more, this time to be dedicated to the college’s alumni.
The building features a serene and elegant entrance hall and library for alumni use, incorporating architectural elements and details remaining in the building from its days as the president’s residence.
Four alumni service departments (alumni and gift records; alumni services; publications; and news & information) each occupy an independent suite of offices. Office plans maximize views between the interior and the stunning landscapes of the Scott Arboretum just outside. All work areas have window views in this simple, light-filled interior.